25 Holiday Events in the Omaha Area That You Don’t Want to Miss!

November 17, 2016Add a CommentPosted By

We anticipate the holidays so much each year that they often flash by in a blur of family, food and celebrations. As the snow falls, we dash around finding gifts for our loved ones, bake cookies for our kids’ school functions, and prepare meals for the holiday parties we’re hosting. All this while partaking in the fun family outings that take place this time of year!

This year, we want to help make your holiday a little easier. Check out our list of 25 events and shows in the area to help you find artisan gifts, sing carols and, most importantly, pack your holidays with unforgettable moments.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

November 17, 7:30 p.m.

Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs

Trans-Siberian Orchestra puts on one of the world’s most popular Christmas shows in hair-raising rock opera style. You’ve probably heard their recorded songs and albums, but if you haven’t seen their live show, take this opportunity! Rock, lights, smoke and fire — they have it all. And it’s coming right here to Council Bluffs. Get tickets online.


Irving Berlin’s White Christmas  

November 17 – 20

Orpheum Theater, Omaha

This musical is based on the classic Christmas movie of the same name, and have already put on two phenomenal shows in Omaha. Filled with laughter, dancing and some of the best songs ever written, it’s a merry event for the whole family. Buy tickets for everyone here and celebrate Christmas early!


A Christmas Carol  

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Image courtesy of Omaha Community Playhouse | Amanda Hoklin

November 18 – December 23

Hawks Mainstage Theater, Omaha

It isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol! For the entire holiday season, you’ll have the opportunity to see it live. Join Ebenezer Scrooge on a life-changing journey with beautiful costumes, festive music, crafted sets and special effects. Get tickets for the whole family!


Seward Junior Women’s Holiday Craft Show

November 19, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Seward Fairgrounds, AG Pavilion and Harvest Hall, Seward

Seward Junior Women’s Club is a social organization with a philanthropic focus. Their holiday craft show is one of the best holiday shopping events in the area — so you don’t want to miss their 36th annual event where you’ll find over 100 vendors with handmade crafts, foods, home goods, decor and more.


Jitterbugs’ Night Out: Black Friday

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Photo courtesy of Omaha Jitterbugs | Mike Machian

November 25, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

The Eagles Ballroom, Omaha

Every Friday night, Jitterbugs Omaha hosts an open party and dance extravaganza. On Black Friday, they’ll be dancing the night away and giving away prizes and Christmas gifts! Join them at 8:15 for a swing dancing lesson before the crowds file in for the main event.


Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony

November 24, 6 – 7 p.m.

Gene Leahy Mall, 14th & Farnam, Omaha

After Thanksgiving dinner, join our community for the opening ceremony of Omaha’s Holiday Lights Festival. At 6 p.m. we’ll begin the countdown and by the end, all of Gene Leahy Mall will be lit up for the holidays!

For the fifth year, the lights will also be shining in North and South Omaha. Join both areas for their lighting ceremonies on December 3rd.


Making Spirits Bright Holiday Concert

November 24, 7 p.m.

Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha

Stick around after the Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony for this free, family-friendly concert! Vocalist Drew Duncan and the Nebraska Wind Symphony will put on a festive and exciting show to welcome the winter holidays.


Sounds of the Season

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Photo courtesy of Omaha Holiday Lights Festival

Saturdays, November 26 – December 17, 7 – 8 p.m.

Various locations, Omaha

As part of the Holiday Lights Festival, you can enjoy holiday music in downtown Omaha every Saturday until Christmas Eve. A new chorale group will perform for each outdoor show as you relax in the winter wonderland and shop for gifts.


The Priests  

November 28, 7 p.m.

Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha

The Priests is a musical trio from Northern Ireland made up of three Roman Catholic priests. Their debut album in 2008 broke the Guinness World Record for Fastest Selling Classical Debut Album of All Time. Since then, they’ve been growing and touring across the globe. They even performed for the British Royal Family and the Irish President. Now, they’re coming to Omaha to play a benefit concert for you!


The TEN Tenors: Home for the Holidays

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Photo courtesy of The Ten Tenors | Dylan Evans

December 1, 7:30 p.m.

Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha

In amazing rock opera chorale style, The TEN Tenors are putting on a holiday show for all ages. One of Australia’s most successful touring entertainment groups, they’ve been selling out shows for 16 years. Their Home for the Holidays show is the perfect way to welcome December and begin your celebrations!


A Charlie Brown Christmas  

December 2 + 3, 9 + 10, 16 + 17, 7 p.m.

Urban Abbey, Omaha

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang in discovering the true meaning of Christmas this year. Just like the classic television special, this live adaptation is filled with song, laughter and holiday spirit. Buy tickets here.


Holiday Market

Dec 3, 10 a.m.

Aksarben Village, Omaha

In partnership with Physicians Mutual and WOWT, Omaha Farmer’s Market is hosting their Annual Holiday Market on December 3rd. Your one stop holiday stop, you’ll find artisanal gifts and treats for all your loved ones (and for yourself!) from local Omaha makers and growers.


10th Annual Holiday Beerfest  

Holiday Events in Omaha

December 3, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Crescent Moon, Huber-Haus, Max & Joe’s, Omaha

Beer Corner USA collected the best seasonal and holiday brews in the Midwest to celebrate winter at their 10th Annual Holiday Beerfest. You’ll have the opportunity to sample 75 different winter seasonals, and maybe even find a few new favorites! Your ticket will get you a souvenir tasting glass, a program of available beers, and up to four hours of unlimited 2 ounce tastings.


Santa Goes to Space  

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Image courtesy of Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum

December 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Strategic Air & Space Museum, Omaha

The Strategic Air & Space Museum is bringing together Santa Claus and the Imperial Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion (that’s right, Star Wars!) to celebrate the holiday season. Children will be able to meet Santa and even sit inside the Museum’s mini-F4 fighter jet. The museum will also be filled with space-related booths, free planetarium showings and holiday music. The event is free with museum admission.


The Nutcracker

December 3 + 4

Orpheum Theater, Omaha

Ballet Nebraska is bringing The Nutcracker back this holiday season. With 150 dancers and over 240 costumes, it’s always an unforgettable show — and perfect for welcoming the holidays! There will be two shows on Saturday and one on Sunday. Get your tickets now before they sell out!


Wells Fargo Family Festival

December 4, 12 – 5 p.m.

Various downtown locations, Omaha

As part of the Omaha Holiday Lights Festival, your family can tour some of Omaha’s favorite attractions for free! Among others, you’ll experience Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn and Joslyn Art Museum — all with their own events and specials. A free trolley service will connect the participating venues and you’ll be serenaded with holiday music at various locations along the way.


Cirque Dreams Holidaze  

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Photos courtesy of Cirque Productions

December 6, 7 + 8, 7 p.m.

Orpheum Theater, Omaha

Cirque Dreams Holidaze combines a circus show, a Broadway musical and holiday spectacular all in one. Your whole family will be dazzled by over 200 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from around the globe. A variety show for all ages, you don’t want to miss this! Get tickets here.


Conagra Brands Ice Skating Rink

December 9 – January 2

10th Street between Dodge and Capitol Streets, Omaha

Throughout the entire holiday season, skate in the Omaha Holiday Lights Festival skating rink, sponsored by Conagra Brands. Five dollar admission goes directly to Food Bank for the Heartland and Conagra Brands has promised to match donations dollar for dollar, up to $100,000. This is one of the food bank’s largest benefit events, so come out to skate for a good cause!


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

December 10, 2 p.m. + 8 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre, Omaha

Adapted from the beloved TV classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is coming to Omaha for just one day. You don’t want to miss Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Rudolph, as they come to life on stage! Get tickets here.


Canadian Brass Christmas

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Photo courtesy of Canadian Brass | Bo Huang

December 10, 7:30 p.m.

Lied Center, Lincoln

Canadian Brass is one of the most popular brass ensembles today — and they have over 130 albums to prove it. Their Christmas show promises to be filled with booming trombones, artful trumpets and all your favorite holiday classics. Get your tickets online.


Christmas Celebration

Multiple showtimes Dec 10 + 11, 15 – 18

Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha

Renowned Broadway stars are coming together with the Omaha Symphony to put on a beautiful and rowdy Christmas celebration for the whole family. Filled with singing and dancing, magic and romance, you’ll all be laughing and celebrating the season. Pick your show, buy tickets and get the family together this Christmas!


Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas

December 15, 7 p.m.

Orpheum Theater, Omaha

Lit up in one of the most elaborate theater shows across the country, A Very Electric Christmas will quickly become a holiday classic. Performed in complete darkness, you’ll follow a young bird, Max, on his trip to the North Pole. Dancing toy soldiers and poinsettias will light up the stage and put on a show the whole family will love! Get tickets here.


The Rat Pack is Back

December 16, 8 p.m.

Orpheum Theater, Omaha

A stunning tribute to the original Rat Pack — Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin — this show is the perfect way to ring in the holidays. Your whole family can experience the ritz and glamour of 1960s Vegas as you’re transported back in time to the place The Rat Pack converged for the very first time. Swing in the holidays and get tickets online before they sell out!


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

December 22, 23, 7:30 p.m.

Orpheum Theater, Omaha

One of the best ways to get ready for Christmas is by seeing Mannheim Steamroller, one of America’s favorites. In 1984, Chip Davis released the Christmas album that changed the music industry and now you can see it for yourself — and everything that has developed since. These tickets will sell out fast so get yours today!


New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular

Omaha Holiday Events

December 31, 7 p.m.

Gene Leahy Mall, 14th & Farnam, Omaha

To close the Omaha Holiday Lights Festival and the holiday season, the city is celebrating with a New Year’s Eve firework show. One of the largest displays in the region, it is expected to bring in over 30,000 people — so find a spot early! Tune into STAR 104.5 during the show for the music accompaniment. Then, celebrate the New Year in downtown Omaha!


Have a Happy Holiday!  

However you and your family decide to celebrate the holidays this year, remember to stay safe, merry and bright. And from all of us at NP Dodge, have a happy holiday!

NP Dodge

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